Safety First

By: Lyle Karasiuk

Be ready and safe for summer

May 17, 2012 - 7:28am Updated: May 17, 2012 - 8:19am

The long weekend is but a few short days away. The kick off to a summer of fun at many lakes, beaches, trails and holiday spots in Prince Albert and area.

While those with a cottage might make their first trip north this May long weekend, others have already anxiously awaited the ice to disappear. While it likely won’t be too warm for swimming many will take to the water fishing or other water activities.

Buyer Beware

May 1, 2012 - 10:20am

Spring signals the return to outdoor activities but also the return to garage sales. Everyone has a bunch of stuff that they would rather sell than trash. Setting of a garage sale is easy but as a consumer remember it’s buyer beware. The items might look great and be the right price, but there is no warranty from the seller. Most of the items will come with no instruction manual. So if something does stop working then I guess you are only out the $25 or $50 you paid for the item but have you considered your own personal safety or your families safety if the product fails?

Fighting the sniffles with the changing seasons

April 18, 2012 - 9:53am

Yikes, winter won’t give up and the constant changing weather has got everyone sneezing, coughing and blowing their nose.

A cold often starts with feeling tired, sneezing, coughing and a runny nose. You may not have a fever or you may run a low fever - just a degree or two higher than usual.

You may also have muscle aches, a scratchy or sore throat, watery eyes and a headache. As the cold worsens, your nasal mucus may turn from thin and watery to yellow and thick. Your symptoms may vary with each cold.

World Health Day – April 7

April 5, 2012 - 4:32am

April 7 marks world health day! This year the year the theme is Good Health – Adds years to Life. The focus looks at how enhance the health of our senior’s leads to a healthier population. As we age things just might not work as well as they once did. Eye sight is diminished, hearing might be diminished and reaction time can become a bit slower. Being one of many senior’s doesn’t mean that life suddenly has to stop. But taking steps to avoid injury is something we can all do!

Home Sweet Home

March 6, 2012 - 8:23am

Our home is our castle of which we believe will protect us and keep us safe from harm. Yet many injuries happen in the home. Such mundane tasks as walking across the house might prove hazardous to anyone if the path in front is cluttered. A rolled up piece of carpet, toys, newspapers, extension cords or clothing can all become trip hazards. Poor lighting, poor mobility or poor eye sight might also be contributing factors. Do yourself a favor and remove clutter, remove loose mats, tidy up and wear good footwear even when indoors.

Driving 101

February 22, 2012 - 10:20am

As paramedics, we respond to countless incidents where there has been a motor vehicle collision. These are not accidents as an accident suggests a purely random act of chance. There is always a reason why the two vehicles collided or the single vehicle rolled. Maybe it’s excessive speed or not paying attention or driver inexperience but there is an explanation. Distracted driver is one of the new leading causes of many collisions. Talking on a cell phone, doing your makeup, finding a CD in the collection or handling the active kids are all forms of distraction.

Everything comes with risk

February 8, 2012 - 2:07pm

In everything we do there is risk!

We might not think about or even consider it but as Isaac Newton said for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Can I get hit by a vehicle crossing the street in the middle of the block? Yes, but I might do so because it’s quicker than going to the corner. Wait what’s that smell? Smells like cleaning solution, oh my gosh one of the kids got into the cupboard near the sink. Did they drink some or just spill it on the floor? Quick find the kids!

Being Prepared

January 11, 2012 - 3:23pm

By Lyle Karasiuk

Arguably many would say this winter we’ve gotten off pretty lucky. So far we’ve escaped cold, cold and more cold, long underwear and toque head but the calendar says it January. So let’s not forget it is Saskatchewan, land of open sky, howling winds and yes snow. If anyone has lived for any length of time you know that things eventually change. As I’ve always said why shovel it’s eventually going to melt. So as we get a little forgetful as to what winter really can be don’t forget as any good boy scout “be prepared.”